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Duckbills in Review

September 15th, 2017

Click over to Heddels to read my latest Ward Order Blank column: Duckbill Dynasty – the Cap We Want Back. Here are some of the photos of caps I collected during the research phase of writing this piece.

Original Archival designer, Tom Bonamici, models a Filson shelter cloth duckbill.

One of my faves: Filson short billed cap in tin cloth. The leather sweatband and fitted style sadly disappeared in the last generation of these caps.

Handsome cap shape looks terrific from above.

Not a duckbill, but I dug a little into the history of caps used in the film, Empire of the Sun.

WW2 issue summer flying cap. I love the numerical markings on the brim (a tradition worth bringing back?).

David Mamet movies are peppered with duckbill caps. Gene Hackman sporting a Quaker Marine cap in Heist (2001).

Military issues morphed into hunting headgear in the 1950s and 1960s.


Cavalcade of stars – Filson duckbill lineup in the cap style’s salad days. Merino, poplin, and waxed cotton versions all on offer. Ah, to go back in time and buy them all up.

October Knits

October 20th, 2015

Archival Wool Cap Combo

Archival Wool Cap Orange2

Archival Wool Cap Gray

Archival Wool Cap Olive2

Fall sunshine has us ready for cooler temps and our new Archival Wool Cap (shot at our favorite Rock Creek Farm corn maze in Colorado). Pair your cap with an update of our Archival Zip Cardigan made from the same soft, sturdy merino wool. Stay tuned for the formal release of these cardigans next week.

For more info, visit the Archival Web Shop.

New – Archival Wool Cap

September 21st, 2015

Archival Knit Hat combo Archival Knit Hat Orange Archival Knit Olive Knit Hat gray

Introducing the Archival Wool Cap – cardigan knit in warm and sturdy merino wool. Stock up at $44 a cap. Made in USA.

Inspired by traditional knit wool watch caps worn by fisherman, sailors and alpine climbers, our Wool Knit Cap is constructed in the USA of soft, 100% merino wool.  It is constructed using a ribbed, knit cardigan weave that conforms closely to the head white maintaining its shape. Designed for active outdoor use.  Will keep you warm and dry when the going gets cold and wet. Available in gray, olive and orange.

For more information, visit the Archival Web Shop.

Archival Caps for Fall

September 11th, 2015

Archival Bucket Denim Styled

Archival Bucket Wax Crop

Archival Trail Cap Wax Detail

Bucket Hat Denim Style

Field test an Archival wax or denim cap for Fall. It will quickly become your trusty, everyday cap – a warm and waterproof companion on rides, rainy commutes or early morning walks. All Archival caps are made in the USA of best quality materials. Our five panel Archival Trail Cap is made from a lightweight, closely woven, 5.5 ounce waxed cotton/nylon which is lightweight and durable. The Archival Bucket Hat comes in a heavier weight, 8 ounce waxed cotton canvas. We also offer this model in a 10 ounce Japanese cotton denim.

Coming soon – 100% merino wool, knit hats for cooler days.

For more info, visit the Archival Web shop.

New Release – Archival Bucket Hat

April 3rd, 2014

Archival is pleased to announce the release of our new, four panel bucket hat.  Drawing inspiration from historic bucket hat examples, we designed ours for warmer weather using a breathable and lightweight linen/cotton fabric.  The Archival Bucket Hat is perfect for hiking, tennis or strolling to work.  Available in navy and natural. For more information, please visit the Archival Web Shop.
 Bucket Hat Navy-4
Bucket Hat Styled Natural
Archival Bucket Hat navy Reverse 16
Archival Bucket Hat Navy
Archival Bucket Hat Tan Reverse 18
Archival Bucket Hat Tan

Release – Archival Wool Cap

October 7th, 2013



We just released a new Archival Wool Cap made for us in New York by Ideal Cap Co.  If you are a longtime reader of the AC blog, you may remember my Cooperstown Cap Co lament.  In 2010, Cooperstown announced their closure.  At the time, Cooperstown was one of the few US companies producing replica, all wool ball caps.  For reference, Cooperstown Ball Cap Co. manufactured custom caps for historical teams and individuals. One could order a cap in any historical style or in any combination of styles, logos or colors. The illustrated Cooperstown catalogs featured examples of nearly every known historical baseball team including company teams, military teams and even a hat from the Eastern Washington Hospital for the Mentally Insane. All caps were handmade from 13 oz. athletic flannel, horsehide leather bands and highest grade peak stiffeners. Whenever possible, caps were sewn on original machines in Cooperstown, NY.

Cooperstown is now back in business under the Ideal Cap Co. moniker.  To celebrate, we are now releasing  a new batch of 6-panel Archival Wool Caps from Ideal.  Sewn out of substantial navy wool flannel with an adjustable leather strap in back. Our cap features a soft leather sweatband, a traditional kelly green under brim to reduce glare and canvas backing on front two panels. All panels are fully taped inside for a clean finish. Embroidered with our classic Archival Clothing initials in red.   For more details, visit our Archival Web Shop.

From the archives – Freshman Dinks

September 26th, 2013

From the Florida Memory Archives, here is a great snap of two FSU Freshman wearing their Freshman beanies.  In the 1930s and 40s, college Freshman were often required to wear beanies or “dinks”  during their first term on campus.  After WWII, the tradition largely died out although you can still find archival images of Freshman in the 1960s sporting dinks.  One Polytechnic archives reported that students in 1967 held a beanie burning ceremony.  As a form of hazing, dink wear seems relatively benign.  I’d love to see this style of short brimmed, low crown cap return to campus as some kind of mandatory Freshman garb.


UW – River Falls sporting dinks and sandals in the 1960s


Beanie/Freshman hazing dink from Wheaton college


Cornell Dink


EKU students in Dinks and loafers in 1963


Late for Class? (A Freshman Rush).  Comic postcard from 1906 via George Wahr